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Botolph

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The two are very different vibes and each has its place but for me, there's nothing quite like a well-tailored sports jacket with a good shirt. I've never been one for suits, I've had a few but they very rarely get worn and often, by the time they do, they're out of date. The myth of the suit that won't go out of style, is exactly that, a myth. The confidence inspired by a good sports jacket/blazer is incredible. For me, clothes, like manners, are armour. Peace Mr, Knightly.

I, too, rarely wear suits and am more of an odd jacket/sport coat or blazer guy. I concur with the “...confidence inspired by a good sports jacket/blazer...”. If I go out to dinner with the misses, to my local for a couple, or to Mass I’m in a jacket and nice shirt. If I’m at the bar I’m probably wearing jeans. Mass or “date night” I’d be wearing wool trousers and a tie as well.
That sport coat though... it always comes through in style.
Might do that harrington challenge though, I have a few and like the look.
*EDIT* Wow, total stream-of-consciousness post here.
 
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Mais non, in 2019, suranné is in:

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I ran into him a couple of weeks ago, he didn't wear a three piece suit nor his weird tie, that he probably Keeps for the medias. He had his TM spider brooch though.
 

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As @cerneabbas said this could be a very good and necessary debate. I think it is, but I was not really commenting on the declining standards in menswear (and in many other things) in my post, although I may have hinted at that decline.

I was really posing the question – thinking of @Kingstonian 's original point – as to whether a (good) blouson can ever convey the same sense of style and occasion as a (good) suit. I was not thinking about the plain man who buys his suits and his onesies at Primark or Asda, drives a new £70K Range Rover but drives it in dirty trainers and a t-shirt.

I suppose, in response, you guys were saying that in very few settings today can a suit ever look ‘right’ and hence the need to dress more casually. But doesn’t that depend on where you go and what you do?

I am looking forward to the current FC to see whether a smart blouson can indeed outshine a fine CM fit.

@Yorky your post reminded me that the navy velvet jacket became, for a short time in the late 1970s, a serious alternative to the navy blazer. I saw businessmen in France and Belgium sporting them during the day with grey flannel trousers and loafers and did my best to copy that look. Today I would advise checking out (if you haven’t already) the thread on the CM boards ‘The State of Black Tie’ which focuses on evening wear in a broad sense. May be helpful for your New Year bash. BTW Mrs Yorky sounds a very stylish lady!
 

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I think it is a bit like comparing French food to Chinese food. It can't compare !
Both can be excellent or terrible...
And anyway it is subjective : a young SW&D guy will most probably find ridiculous and dated a "Fine CM suit" and vice versa...
So it is an irrelevant debate imho...
 

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On another non style related forum I look at, whenever someone asks for advice along the lines of needing a suit for a wedding or other event, there is always a plethora of people advising to get one from George at Asda as you can throw it out afterwards. Even my brother - hardly a sartorial icon but he knows me well enough - when I told him that last time I went home to England I took one dark navy suit plus shirt and tie just in case there was a funeral or impromptu wedding invitation, he replied that if it was him he would have just bought a cheap one if necessary and then thrown it out later.

This seems to be the modern mentality, that more formal clothing is used so rarely it’s now disposable like a Bic razor.

Anyway as for smart casual - here’s a cross post from the MC casual thread. Details on the blog ...

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The sweater reminds me of a Four Tops EP cover. I like knitwear with insets. You don’t see it so much these days


 

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Haha good spot!
I think this kind of knitwear has a very sixties look to it. Don’t recall seeing anything like it during the revival period of say 1979 onwards but I see them occasionally offered these days by the likes of Art Gallery, John Smedley, or even Madcap England. Sometimes you see them as a cardigan with a similar polo collar but buttons all the way to the hem. I’m not much into cardigans but I’d consider one of them if the style and colours were right.
 

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Once you said. OK, here you go. This is probably the only selfie I've got. It was taken in Cordings, in a (successful) attempt to win my missus round to the jacket. This garment is one of those I posted.
 

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@Jimmy Balantyne is that the silk and linen blend jacket? I have a Cordings jacket that looks identical to that in the aforementioned blend.
 

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